Schools, police give update on investigation into threat that closed 4 campuses

Classes to resume Tuesday

ESCONDIDO, Calif. - Students and parents filled the theater of the Escondido Charter High on Monday evening to get the latest on the investigation into the threat that closed four campuses Friday.

Someone posted a message in an Internet chat room threatening to shoot up the charter high school and then commit suicide.

A student's name was included in the message, but investigators determined the juvenile was framed and had nothing to do with the threat or the post. They said the juvenile lives in Escondido but does not go to Charter High.

"The person who the message was attributed to, and was identified as, the alleged attacker, that person had no knowledge of this entry. They didn't do it," said Escondido Police Lt. Neal Griffin.

Griffin said they believe the threat was more of a personal attack.

"I think it's more about the relationships that exist as opposed to any threat on the school," he said.

The campuses of Heritage K-8 Charter School, Escondido Charter High, Heritage Digital Academy Middle School and Heritage Digital Academy High School were closed Friday. Classes will resume Tuesday.

Parents left the meeting feeling relieved.

"I was very satisfied with it, I think that they're handling it appropriately, and I feel the safety is being addressed," said parent Shannon Preciado.

Her daughter said she expects Tuesday will be a routine day.

"I'm still a little nervous, but like you know, it's like every day, any day somebody could come and shoot, but it's like, probably going to be a normal day, just a little more cautious," said Shania Preciado.

Investigators say they do not know who is responsible for the threat, but they're following leads.

"We feel confident that the actual threat of violence was not legitimate," said Griffin.

Still, Escondido Police will patrol all four campuses Tuesday and there will be additional school security.

"The parents are really shook up," said Griffin. "This really hit people close to home and mostly to alleviate their concerns and I suppose to recognize the 'anything is possible argument.'"

Police are asking anyone with information to call 760-743-TIPS.

The person responsible faces felony charges.

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